When the first Batman movie came out with Micheal Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, it was a big deal. Back then it was very rare to get any comic book movie at all, and this was the first legit Batman movie. Sure there was a movie in which Batman fought a shark, but this is the first one that had a real budget. I was in high school and I remember the unbelievable hype surrounding me. I was hyped.
I was so hyped that I decided to read the “novelized screenplay” book right before I saw the movie. I liked the book alright, but it absolutely ruined the movie for me. It was one of the most disappointing movie experiences I had in some time. In fact, it made me very weary to read a book I hadn’t read before I saw a movie. I did read the Harry Potter books before I saw the movie, but there was some time before I saw any of them, and I purposely didn’t read or re-read them before I saw the movie. And besides, the Harry Potter movies changed the books enough that reading them didn’t necessarily ruin the movies.
I know the rule is that the books are always better than the movies, but I don’t always agree. I think the Matrix was way better than the book. Also, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Inception and Rocky, are all better than the books. Okay, probably because they weren’t ever based on books, but that is beside the point.
That leads me to the question, “Has there ever been a movie made that was based on a novel that wasn’t a best seller?”
All I know is every time they hype a movie, they are always selling the movie by proclaiming, “Based on the controversial best-selling novel, Blard: The Time Travelling Whale!” or “Come see the laugh-a-minute hi-jinks of the movie based on H. Herbert Halladay’s classic romantic crime comedy best seller, Run of the Wildebeest’s in NYC!”
I assume that movie producers are just scouring the New York Times looking for novel 11 to move up to 10 so they can snatch it up, regardless of how good it is, how adaptable it is to be made into a movie, or if it is a kid’s book that is only 14 words long.
Let’s just get down to the reason why I really care. Do you think someone can just buy my finished, but not really finished novel that has not only not sold one copy, but not been bound into one copy to be sold? In other words, I have a book, but I haven’t had time to finish it and I was just wondering if some Hollywood writer can finish the book, give me all the credit and profits from the movie?
That’s all I really ask. Do you think that is too much? Don’t worry, it is a really good book, but typing is really hard.
What do you guys think? Do you have any connections to a Hollywood writer, reader, producer or actor? Just one should be all I need.
Bitter Not Quite Best Seller Ben
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Target Deal of the Day: Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces you Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines. It’s just a matter of time before this one makes the best seller list so they can make a movie out of it. Just make sure to watch the movie first, then read the book so you don’t ruin it, aight?
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“Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa” is a very good book written by W. P. Kinsella, but “Field of Dreams” is a better movie. They cut some unnecessary characters, tightened the action, and made several other changes for the better. J.
Didn’t know that was a book before, but I should have known. See, I guess the movie is better sometimes. Was Shoeless Joe Jackson a best seller or just an average seller?
I had a girlfriend whose entire library consisted of novelized movies… including The Pink Panther Strikes Again. The movie was better; but, in the book, we find out what happened to Inspector Dryfus and the half-dog from the UN building destruction…
So I guess there is some value. I do remember that a lot of things that happened in the book didn’t show up in the movie. Like it was written and then some parts were edited from the movie.
My connections to Hollywood: I once saw Yanni and Linda Evans at Sea Tac. They were obviously quarreling. She looked sad and he looked angry.
That’s awesome! I used to live near SeaTac. My Hollywood connection was seeing Bill Russell (all time NBA great) in the mall.
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We saw the sonics in Sea Tac once back in their hey day.
I did see the Sonics several times, but that was in the Arena when they were still there.
Holy cow Ben, you’re pretty old too then…
You bitter believe it. I’m almost 46.